A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.

– Remez Sasson

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the importance of having a good attitude and what a positive influence this can have on our lives.

I received so many emails thanking me for such an uplifting message that I decided to follow up with more information about maintaining a positive attitude and keeping those nasty “ANTs” (automatic negative thoughts) at bay.

We cannot change the way we think overnight; it is a process. The first step is recognizing that we are negative and understanding that if the negativity continues our lives will be very unhappy and our brains will be unhealthy.

Remez Sasson is the founder of Success Consciousness and author of articles and books teaching people how to use their mental tools and inner powers to create a life of happiness, success and fulfillment of inner peace.

He says, “We affect, and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through words, thoughts and feelings, and through body language.

“Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and prefer to avoid negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.

“Negative thoughts, words and attitude create negative and unhappy feelings, moods and behavior. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.”

Not long ago, a man came to Memory Matters for support because he had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For more than six months, he had been living in fear because he could not remember appointments, he could not remember to take his medicine, and he even got lost driving to the golf course he has been to almost daily since moving here two years ago.

In our meeting, he shared with me that he was actually glad to have a diagnosis because now he could move forward. He is going to do everything possible to stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually, and Memory Matters will be with him through his journey.

Life is not easy all the time, but how we choose to accept challenges is half the battle in being able to handle things. A great start would be to read more about positive thinking. Find more information about Remez Sasson at www.successconsciousness.com.

If you are a caregiver and need some positive reinforcement, call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688 and make an appointment with one of our dementia care specialists. We can help.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org